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DONATIONS 2017

March 2017

Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteer Julie Brainard (left) is shown awarding a donation check of $499 to Romeo Elementary School Principal Cathy Balius to help fund the Summer Reading Program for the 730 students under her guidance.  The children will each be given a number of books to take home at the end of the school year.  The school will be open once a week all summer so that books can be exchanged for new ones.  A special treat this summer is the "Flat Stanley Project".  Flat Stanley is a literary character who has been ''traveling'' the globe for years.  He shows up on blogs in exotic locales as a companion to movie stars, presidents, sports heroes and just regular folks.  This year Flat Stanley will accompany Romeo students on their travels and activities both near and far.  Students will post his escapades and his narrow escapes on the school Facebook page.  Be sure to keep up with his adventures.

Captions submitted by Jan Salter   Photo by Joann McCullough

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Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteer Elaine Damiani (left) presents a $499 check to Dunnellon Elementary School Principal Karen English (center) with the help of fellow volunteer Elaine Huett (right).  Ms. English has earmarked the money for the purchase of additional books to be stored in the school's Media center, where students can take them out on loan.  She is currently surveying some of the 586 Pre-K through 5th graders to ascertain desired subject matter.  The goal is to ensure that students can experience that exciting moment of finding "just the right book" to spark further learning on their special area of interest.  Reading skills are the key to student success.  Google Dunnellon Elementary School to find out more about our community's educational system.
 

Captions submitted by Jan Salter   Photo by Joann McCullough

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Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteers Peggy Hyde (left) and Carol Prior (right) presents a $1000 check to Dunnellon Little League Board President Gary Sonneberger (center).  Dunnellon Little League provides 300 youngsters between the ages of 4 and 16 with a summer of fun and outdoor experiences in teamwork and co-operation.  The funds will be used to replace the pitching machine used by the 7-8 year olds and to purchase new bases for the Junior Baseball Field.  Any left-over money will be stashed away toward the price of a newer model field groomer.  Volunteers are always welcome, particularly needed are experienced umpires, either male or female.  Check out the website at dunnellonlittleleague.com for information and volunteer forms, or contact Vice President T. J. Watts at 352-361-0679.
Captions submitted by Jan Salter
   Photo by Joann McCullough
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February 2017

The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteers presented a $500 check to the Williston Animal Group in aid of their work as a no-kill shelter finding "forever homes" for their charges.  Pictured from the left are Thrift Store volunteer Bonnie Lewison, WAG President Susan Holmes, WAG Kennel Master Jan Barker, and Thrift Store volunteer Marie Ponder.  WAG is an all volunteer 501-c3 non-profit animal rescue organization that has been in the business of saving animals for the past 9 years.  More volunteers are always welcomed at WAG, whether for help with the animals or for fund-raising to keep the organization going.  On Saturday, March 18 from 5:00PM-8:00PM they will hold their annual Party for Pups Fundraiser in the form of a chili-cookoff and dinner at the GFWC Williston Woman's Club.  More information, as well as pictures of their adoptable candidates, can be found at willistonanimalgroup.com .

Captions submitted by Jan Salter   Photo by Joann McCullough

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Dunnellon High School Athletic Director Jim Smith, acting on behalf of women's sports at the school, is pictured (on the left) receiving a $499 check from Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteers Betsy Scharf and Arlene Untch.  The funds will be used to help provide uniforms and needed equipment replacement for the women's track, tennis and soccer teams.  Due to budget constraints much of the money for these items must be raised by the students themselves.  This check will ease the burden of fundraising for the 75 young women who participate in these activities.

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Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop volunteers Betty Poole (left) and Betsy Scharf (far right) are shown presenting a $500 donation check to Maxine Thomas, secretary and Dr. Abraham Robinson, co-chair of the 2018 Martin Luther King Planning Commission.  Each January 15th, the group organizes a celebration on Dr. King's birthday.  There is a commemorative service and a march through town ending at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street, where a wreath is laid at the memorial to Dr. King.  Receiving funds early in their planning for next year's event will enable the commission to better plan for this important celebration.

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A presentation of a $500 check from the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop to Dunnellon Fire/Rescue took place against the background of one of the department's shiny, red vehicles.  Pictured left to right are Thrift Shop volunteer Bonnie Lewison, Chief Troy Slattery, Firefighter Aubrey Pennay and Thrift Shop volunteer Marie Ponder.  The money will be used to jump start a program designed to enhance the safety of city residents by installing smoke alarms where needed and by painting uniform, highly visible house numbers at the ends of driveways.  This will enable rescuers to quickly locate those in need of help after a 911 call.  Once residences within the city limits are complete, the department hopes to extend the program out into the surrounding community.
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    Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop Volunteers, (from left) Valerie Schaem and Jan Olson present a $500 check to DuWayne Sipper, Executive Director of The Path of Citrus and Marion Counties.  The Path, with its 32 beds, offers long term shelter to a wide range of people.  Some of the clients are homeless, some are recovering addicts, and some are escaping abusive situations.  Some clients are referred by social services, police departments, etc. and some call The Path voluntarily hoping to turn their lives around.  Residents are enrolled in Life Skills classes focusing on subjects such as parenting, job interview preparation, and computer skills.  Proper work place habits are encouraged through employment in their two thrift stores or on their 15 acre farm.  The farm also provides year-round food for the residents.  Community volunteers are welcomed.  For information go to pathofcitrus.org or call 527-6500.

Captions submitted by Jan Salter   Photo by Carol Prior
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